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19. Character Sets and Unicode > Other Encodings

Other Encodings

Unicode support is growing, but there will doubtless be legacy data in other encodings that must be read for centuries to come. Such encodings include ASCII and Latin-1, as well as less common encoding schemes such as EBCDIC and MacRoman. There are multiple encodings in use for Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and many other languages and scripts. The Reader and Writer classes allow you to read and write data in these different character sets. The String class also has a number of methods that convert between different encodings (though a String object itself is always represented in Unicode).

Modern desktop and server Java environments are pretty well guaranteed to have these six character sets available:


  

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